Brian Wilson has returned to the fold and whilst it may be a little early to be judging an album from just five tracks, I have nevertheless listened to all five and will give you my honest opinion for what it’s worth.
Right first thing’s first and let’s be clear about this, there is no place for autotune on any serious vocalist’s catalogue, and yet it sure as hell turns up very early on in the five samplers.
The harmonies are still there and are very evident in the 5 tracks but the lead vocals actually sound old and dare I say it, tired???
The 5 samplers consist of very predictable chord patterns used countless times by far less talented musicians and songwriters but what’s even worse is that there is no inventiveness and the tracks are one paced with no bite or freshness.
Even the production is just ok and never stretches any boundaries.
The entire album may be a completely different story but the samplers are dull are boring, and I suspect that Beach Boys fans everywhere will not be impressed unfortunately.
The album is released on the 4th June and the title track actually sounds an awful lot better than the 5 samplers from the album. All we can do is pray that the the rest of the album is an awful lot better than this humdrum slice.
Below are the links to the samplers on the Guardian’s site and for those who like to live dangerously the links to preorder the album.